June 23, 2009
Dear UATC members and fellow human rights defenders,
On June 26, the world will commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and we will remember the cries of grief and pain of thousands of victims of torture around the world.
Beyond the grief and pain of those who suffered this horrible crime are lessons to be learned from their stories which are infused with inspiration. The stories of countless women and men who defended the oppressed and sacrificed for others tell us the fundamental truth that when you help others, you are never alone.
On June 26, the world will honor the strength and courage of women and men who suffered this horrible crime- those who fought with kin and friends who would not let the truth die with them and those who paid with their lives as well as those who have survived.
A renewed commitment to eliminate torture is urgently needed.
On June 26, we invite you to join us in speaking out against torture as our voices of truth echo more loudly- we call on the government to enact the Anti-Torture Law and ratify the Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). We also invite you to read out the statement made by the International Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
As we renew our commitment to eradicate torture, please join us this June 26 (Friday) at 6:30am at the University of the Philippines Oblation Statue in Diliman, Quezon City for our “Basta Run Against Torture III”. For inquiries, please contact Amarylis Ng-Abcede at 433-15-94 or 0928-5057294.
Thank you very much.
SGD. Edeliza Hernandez, R.N.
Medical Action Group